From MM Online:
Hong Kong protesters disrupt train services, cause commuter chaos
Protesters hold the door of a Mass Transit Railway (MTR) subway to allow more protesters to board and retreat, after a protest against police violence in Hong Kong July 28, 2019
HONG KONG, July 30 — Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters blocked train services during the early morning rush hour today, causing commuter chaos in the latest anti-government campaign to roil the former British colony.
What started three months ago as rallies against an extradition bill that would have allowed people in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China for trial, has now morphed into a wider backlash against the city’s government and its political masters in Beijing.
Protests have occurred almost daily, sometimes with little notice, disrupting business, piling pressure on Hong Kong’s beleaguered government and stretching the city’s police force, which some have accused of using excessive force.
Activists blocked train doors, playing havoc with services and forcing hundreds of people to stream out of railway stations in search of alternative transport.
Rail operator MTR Corp said some services had been disrupted and urged people to seek other forms of transport.
Hong Kong, which returned to China in 1997, is embroiled in its worst political crisis for decades after two months of increasingly violent protests that have posed one of the gravest populist challenges to Communist Party rulers in Beijing.
China yesterday reiterated its support for Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, and its police and urged Hong Kong people to oppose violence.
The latest protest follows a demonstration at the Chinese-ruled city’s international airport on Friday and violent protests at the weekend when activists clashed with police who fired rubber bullets, tear gas and sponge grenades — a crowd-control weapon.
Minor scuffles broke out between protesters and commuters as some grew frustrated over the train stoppage.
“It’s so inconvenient and annoying, really. I am in hurry to work, to make a living. Will you give away your salary to me?” said a 64-year-old man surnamed Liu. — Reuters
how does eff-ing innocent everyday commuters help the protesters' cause?
As I penned before, sincere protests of civil rights and of various righteous causes have often deteriorated into plain anarchy and bloody-mindedness. This is what the Hong Kong protest is now.
Bloody-minded young brats who, I bet, do not even know what they have been protesting about, have gone amok (berserk) with their wanton anarchic illegal activities.
Blocking commuter trains is nothing more than being uncivil minded, reeking of thuggish behaviour. The end result has been to the inconvenience of innocence workers, who have to work to earn a living.
As a 64-year-old man surnamed Liu lamented in frustration to the young brats, “It’s so inconvenient and annoying, really. I am in hurry to work, to make a living. Will you give away your salary to me?”
This is where the protest will eventually fall apart, when normal everyday working people, who need to make a daily living to survive, will withdraw their support. Without the people's support, the fish can only swim without the vital life giving sea.
Yes, we can say those protesters have lost the plot, but alas, there is more to it, something far far more dark, dank and dangerous.
It's not difficult to work out that most of the protesters are young, initially idealistic and courageous, but now just anarchic and easily manipulated by agent provocateurs who could be from Hong Hong, Taiwan, USA and elsewhere. My money is on the Americans who are natural agent provocateurs everywhere outside the USA, and who especially today want to eff the Chinese kaukau.
I bet the mainly young protesters are either from affluent families (thus without concerns for everyday work to make a living) or funded by insidious forces.
For a start, Hong Kong was NEVER a democracy, being a Chinese backwater fishing village, followed by being a British colony for 155 years, and now (since 1997) back again under Chinese rule.
They don't realise that China remains hands-off from the current and very violent protest in Hong Kong for two main reasons, the adverse PR memory of Tiananmen, and the need to show Taiwan that the 'one nation, two systems' doctrine will also be good for Taiwan too. China only voiced her support for the Hong Kong Administrators in using as necessary the police force to subdue the violent protest.
Thus it is actually Taiwan who has brought and bought vicarious relief for the Hong Kong eff-ers who don't know their place in the China domain.
But push comes to shove, China can and will act decisively and brutally to put a stop to the arising chaos and punish the Hong Kong young brats a harsh unforgettable lesson. Let's hope reason can prevail and good sense returns.